It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:
- Bridging Foster Care and Adoption: Each year, nearly 250,000 children nationwide enter the foster care system. Of that, about half remain in the system for a significant duration of time. And the older the child, the less likely are the chances for adoption. In many ways, these kids are part of a forgotten population, but one area organization is seeking to bring greater awareness to these sometimes forgotten children; and most importantly, find permanent adoptive homes for the kids. (Continue Reading)
- The Affordable Care Act gives former foster kids health care benefits to age 26, though they may not know it: Rain clouds couldn’t spoil Kenisha Anthony’s afternoon as she emerged from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida, with an associate degree in social work from Miami Dade College. The 22-year-old from Miami had survived the school of hard knocks that is Florida’s foster care system to reach this moment. Now a provision of the Affordable Care Act promises to help her make an even better start. (Continue Reading)
- The Cycle of Violence: Last year in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 years old and were emancipated. In simple terms, they “aged out” of care.
Put in perspective, last year in this country there were more than 3.3 million reports of abuse to authorities, representing about 6 million children, or 8 percent of the child population. From those reports, after investigation and intervention, about 400,000 children were placed in foster care, and of those, nearly 60,000 were permanently terminated from their families of origin.
These are children who were neglected or abused — physically and/or sexually — and at a level so egregious that after numerous court proceedings, the rights of the parents to claim these children as their own were legally and permanently severed. Terminating, or legally ending the right of parent to child, is not something a judge decides lightly. In fact, every legal, social, and system opportunity is given to parents to keep their families intact, too often at risk of emotional or physical harm to the child.
Because we know that children thrive in families — not institutions or transient, temporary care — we made a promise to those children in particular. We promised that the day they were permanently separated from their families, we would find them new ones. A place to call home, to be loved, supported, and cherished, as every child should. (Continue Reading)
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